Cancer Research UK has revealed that almost 50% of cancer patients are diagnosed too late, which means treatment is rarely successful in prolonging their lives.
A research undertaken by the charity has found that 46% of all cancers diagnosed in England in 2012 were at an advanced stage when treatment was not associated with good outcomes. The data for the analysis was collected from NHS's National Cancer Intelligence Network.
The report found that 93% of cases of melanoma were diagnosed at stage one or two as compared to 83% of those with breast cancer and 61% with prostate cancer. Compared to this, 23% of lung cancer cases, 32% of cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and 44% of ovarian cancers were found at an early stage.
Harpal Kumar, the charity's chief executive, said the report highlights the need for earlier diagnosis, "We need to do everything we can to ensure that all patients have access to the best treatment as early as possible", he added.